The RESOURCE Project in the Sahelian Wetlands
Sahelian Wetlands Site© FAO/Bruno Portier
The Sahelian wetlands are sites of important economic, agricultural and pastoral activities. They are home to a rich biodiversity, including millions of migratory and resident waterbirds, some of which contribute to the food and income of communities in the region. Climate change, agricultural developments, water supply projects and intensive use of natural resources are threatening these wetlands. The resulting dramatic changes in habitats have a major impact on the waterbird populations in the Sahel, and the impacts of hunting have yet to be assessed. It is estimated that these waterbird populations may These populations may have declined by 40 percent between 1960 and 2000.
The RESOURCE Project "Strengthening Expertise in South Sahara on Birds and their Rational Use for Communities and their Environment" aims to improve the sustainable use of natural resources, particularly waterbirds, in the wetlands of Egypt, Mali, Senegal, Sudan and Chad. The activities, coordinated by FAO, are implemented by technical partners recognized for their expertise, in collaboration with national authorities and local wildlife institutions.
- Supported efforts to prevent, monitor and combat invasive aquatic plants in the Senegal Delta, including a large-scale participatory Lotus eradication campaign;
- Expanded training and capacity building activities on waterbird and wetlands monitoring with national government and NGO staff in Chad, Mali, Senegal and Sudan;
- Monitoring of waterbirds through repeated ground and aerial censuses in several key sites in Senegal, Mali, Chad, Sudan and Egypt (see map);
- Surveys on waterbird offtakes in touristic hunting concessions in Chad and Senegal;
- Initiated an analysis of waterbird, wildlife and wetlands policies, laws and regulations in Egypt, Mali, Chad, Senegal and Sudan.